(A re-post from 3 1/2 years ago. This continues to be our path. It can feel scary and sometimes I have to ask Trust to take me by the hand, but she comes, as does the learning and a love of doing so.)
Sometimes, maybe even daily, something we're looking forward to, something (say, building a water clock or homeschooling a certain way) just doesn't work.
We might want to quit at this point.
But, we're reminded to go back to the directions, and we do, and we try again and again and again and well, it turns out the instructions don't make sense. Maybe they once did, maybe they do to others, but right now they don't.
So we have a choice. We can keep reading the same directions, we can give up, or we can change the directions.
We make changes until it works. We can also learn about water pressure (even though it wasn't in the plans), and teach our sister how to hammer (also not in plans), and maybe most importantly realize there is NO one way to accomplish or learn something.
We've been talking about struggle and challenge and change a lot here lately. We're thinking about how we learn best and wondering if our days are centered around what we know to be the way we learn and find joy in learning.
We're thinking more field trips, more projects, way less time at the table unless we want to be there or have our projects in hand. We're thinking more time reading, building, skating, hiking, pouring ourselves into interests, into new clubs (starting this week), and making time for the parts of our day we love (i.e.,- when we learn best).
The mere mention to my children about these changes brought an influx of, Can I learn how to do this and this and this?
The answer is YES, because even though we aren't doing "school time" it doesn't mean learning won't happen.
I think, in fact, it's going to happen even more.
I've been reading a lot of John Holt this past year and posts here and here and here and watching this and this, and realizing this was what I wanted to do all along, but it felt like too big of a jump for me. I needed to get my feet wet.
We have homeschooled for a year- we're ready, and well, we won't know what happens unless we give it a try. One of the many things I love about homeschooling is we can change what doesn't work. We can greet our challenges and change our direction when it isn't addressing our needs or making sense.
This, our next step- whole life learners, unschoolers, call it what you will. We'll call it enjoying our days.
The adventures begin continue!